Steve earned a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (1994) from Texas Woman’s University and a Master’s degree in theology (Th.M.-1981) from Dallas Theological Seminary. He was licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas from 1994-2014 and currently holds an LPC and LMFT in Virginia since 2014. He also received supervision training as a part of his doctoral studies and currently provides counseling supervision as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) for practicum/internship students at Liberty University. Prior to moving to Lynchburg in 2014 to teach in Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, Steve worked for 17 years as the Director of Behavioral Sciences at the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program in Harlingen, TX. In this role, he provided medical family therapy to clinic patients as well as behavioral science training for family physicians. This rich experience has created a passion for working with individuals and families who are facing medical pivot points in life. Before his work in Harlingen, Steve served as the Director of Counseling Services at Dallas Theological Seminary for 5 years. During each of these academic appointments, Steve maintained a part-time counseling private practice.
Previous life experiences have enriched his professional counseling training. During his 11 years as a youth pastor, he gained his initial interest in pursuing a formal degree in marriage and family therapy. Finally, being one of the last of the draftees during the Vietnam era laid the foundation for an ongoing interest in serving our military families.
Being informed by a Christian faith-based perspective, he values the uniqueness of each client’s perspective while incorporating counseling interventions based predominantly upon Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. His areas of counseling interest include medical family therapy, couples counseling (he has completed the Level I and Level II of the Gottman Relationship Training) as well as individual issues including grief recovery, depression, anger, sexual trauma and/or addiction, and crisis interventions.
Steve and his wife Diane have enjoyed marital bliss since 1981 and have two adult daughters. Our favorite activity is playing Pickleball and traveling when we have the opportunity.